While the veterans in the Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar elimination final started to tire, there was a golden opportunity for some younger players to step up and make an impact.
One such player was Kearyn Baccus - a former Perth Glory and Le Mans product - whose mazy runs at Suncorp on Friday night tested Roar's resolute backline.
His workrate was something that didn't go unnoticed by Wanderers boss, Tony Popovic, either.
"Yeah very good, yeah he was fatigued, him and Terry (Antonis) did a fantastic job in the midfield, and he's improved through the years (at Wanderland)," Popovic said.
"In the end I think he contributed to a fantastic football game, a finals match, that had everything."
Brisbane Roar wasn't without their own young gems as teenagers Joe Caletti and, in particular Nicholas D'Agostino, rose to the occasion.
"You want all your subs to come on and influence the game and D'Agostino did that really well," Aloisi said.
"He's a good young player coming through, Joey Caletti tonight also was good, we've got some good players coming through."
Aloisi acknowledged though the hit and miss nature of developing players, however, the Roar manager remains steadfast in giving new youth an opportunity in the A-League.
"It takes time and they deserve their opportunity and they don't let us down at all," he said.
"They understand the structures that are put in place and they understand the way that we play."